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Connie Muncy ESOH

​Connie Muncy earned her master of environmental, safety and health management degree in 2001.

As an undergraduate chemistry major, Connie Muncy was leaning toward a career as a perfume chemist.  

Ironically, since earning a master’s degree in environmental, safety and health management from The University of Findlay, she has had the experience of managing safety for solid waste and water reclamation services. Not exactly Chanel No. 5, but more challenging and more impactful.  

“I cannot begin to say how very fulfilling and worthwhile this career has been for me,” said Muncy.  “If you only save one person over the course of a lifetime career, you have made a difference in this world!” 


“I realized that I needed to be around multitudes of people to be happy,” Muncy added, “so working alone in a lab just wasn’t going to be my cup of tea.”   

People and Policy   

Connie had heard about The University of Findlay’s graduate program in environmental, safety and health management and felt it might be a path to a career working with people and science.  She completed the requirements for a master of science degree in 2001 and began making her mark on the world of workplace safety.   

Describing “life after a graduate degree,” Muncy felt she became very well rounded with experience in safety, industrial hygiene, environmental management, worker’s compensation and other areas.  Currently, she works as an industrial hygienist at Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC), a non-profit organization that performs scientific research and development. CTC also supports a number of Department of Defense programs.   

UF  Convenient for Professionals  

As far as Muncy is concerned, the letters “UF” could also stand for “user friendly.” She felt she received a lot of personal attention from faculty and staff at The University of Findlay, a real benefit for students who are also employed full time.   

“Earning a graduate degree from UF added profoundly to my knowledge and marketability,” she stated. 

“I have applied a good majority of the valuable information gained during the environmental, safety and health management program.” 

In fact, Muncy, who has just been selected to receive the Affiliate Societies Council of Dayton’s (ASC) Outstanding Engineers and Scientists Award for 2012 for Technical Leadership, explained that this award is truly a reflection of the well-rounded education she received at UF.   She also recalled that faculty and staff were helpful with career advice and sometimes just moral support.    

“They really cared about us as students and wanted us to succeed, and it showed.”   

Completing a portion of her classes online and the rest in a classroom setting worked extremely well for Muncy.  She felt that online training was an effective platform for environmental, safety and health and was very aware of the convenience it provided for a busy professional.   

According to Dr. Timothy Murphy, the mission of the program is to provide students with the skills to make managerial decisions and provide leadership in environmental, safety and health careers.  Murphy is the department chair and an associate professor.  He added that the graduate program equips students with skills in the areas of business knowledge, analysis, management, technical knowledge, and the ability to integrate all of these skills into effective actions and leadership.   

A great program for women   

Almost ecstatically happy with her career choice, Muncy encourages women to seriously consider a career in an environmental field.  She sees an increasing number of women in her occupation and said there are mentoring organizations and support groups, including the American Society of Safety Engineer’s Women in Safety Engineering (WISE).  This same group has added her name to their list of “100 Women in Safety Engineering Making a Difference.”  It’s an appropriate accolade, considering that making a difference is what she has always wanted to do!